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post #11 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 10:50 AM
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Provided you're still exercising them and feeding them properly, I don't think this should be a problem.

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post #12 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 11:08 AM
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I have 3 horses living in less then a 1/2 acres paddock for the winter months. They do fine i keep manure picked up though 3 times a day. And hay is put in slow feed nets spaced around the paddock,along with loose hay in several piles on the ground.

They do plenty of moving around and they are happy content horses,they are only in the small paddock for winter. Come spring they are out on 10 acres of pasture,neighbor lets me pasture them on his big field.

First time turned out in the 10 acres they do some serious running and bucking for about a good 15 minutes.
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post #13 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 11:11 AM
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From what I have read then yes it is possible. They would have to be ridden everyday though and fed hay year round which would cost a bit more. If it were me I would devise a paddock paradise system or similar to keep them moving.

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Our small paddock is less than 1/2 acre. Two horses do plenty of cutting up, running, bucking in that space.

How big is the average arena that people ride and exercise their horses in? Of course if you have fat lazy horses, then they would require some forces exercise.

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post #15 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the replies! I might try to get two 1 acre paddocks, they just have to be spreaded out half way down the property as the shed is just randomly plonked in the middle of our property! Should I buy a lot of hay nets and spread them out with hay across the fencing? Or would it be easier to feed a round bale? The paddocks are flat and are not on a slope. There are plenty of trees and we will be making shelters. I will also be giving them a salt lick. What about fodder? Someone said to feed it. But do I need to feed the same hay all year round or different types like meadow hay and often hay? Sorry for all the questions, but anything is greatly appreciated.
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post #16 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 12:38 PM
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I wouldn't bother making two paddocks, I'd give them as much space as possible.
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If I were a horse I wouldn't want to live in a cramped area like that. They're big creatures that need room to move around.
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If I were a horse I wouldn't want to live in a cramped area like that. They're big creatures that need room to move around.
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The general rule of thumb is 1 acre per horse. In the winter their usable space is ultimately narrowed by snowfall, that's unavoidable. When there is no snow on the ground 1/4 acre/horse is not adequate for many reasons.

That little amount of space will need to be mucked out everyday to prevent serious worm, fungus and summer sore outbreaks. Once those parasites have been allowed to flourish they are near impossible to get rid of when there is no alternative turnout.

General boredom leads to bad habits, injury, overeating, etc. as does the inability to play and have full freedom of movement.

Then, as you stated yourself, the mud is going to be overwhelming in the slightest of rainfall. You make do with what you have but you do need to consider quality of life, health and safety.
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post #20 of 31 Old 01-03-2015, 04:04 PM
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1/2 acre unless irrigated will not keep any grass, they will eat down and tromp it. As you are feeding hay the
1/2 acre for a dry corral for 2 horses is fine. Depending on how the sheds face, you could divide down the center of one shed, and divide the land that way making larger areas, and place the feed/forage/fodder / hay in the shed , this would give them access to shade in summer and cover for when it rains. If you keep the horses on the grass while it is wet, they will make it turn into mud faster than letting them out the grass when it has dried if that is possible. Thrush in winter and rainy seasons , just keep their hooves picked out and if on a half acre dry pen, then keep the manure picked out.
The area needed for just grazing per horse , and no hay or forage or fodder, varies for your area . many horses are kept in 10 x 10 and 12 x 12 stalls, my corrals are 18' x 32' and are big when compared to some of the boarding barns.
I have 3 horses out on a 2 1./2 irrigated pasture plus they get hay, and I will put more horses out after we redo the irrigation lines this year. keeping a horse on 1/4 acre is doable.
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